Overcoming Imposter Syndrome | Stephen Haunts | Skillshare
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    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Imposter Syndrome?

    • 3. Types of Imposter Syndrome?

    • 4. How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

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About This Class

At some time in your career, you will feel as though you do not deserve to be where you are, that you have somehow cheated your employer into giving you a job, or that you are generally not worthy.

Imposter syndrome is very common, and if you do not recognize the signs, then it can be quite debilitating, that can affect your career performance, and lead to mental health issues.

In this short course, I will help you identify which of the many types of imposter syndrome you could be facing and offer some advice on how to combat it. Together we can beat it, and you will be able to stop holding your self back and reach peak performance at work.

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Stephen Haunts

Trainer, Public Speaker, Author


Hi, I am Stephen Haunts, a software developer, online trainer, classroom teacher, public speaker, podcaster and author. I have over 25 years of experience as a software developer and a leader working at huge organizations from global banks, financial lenders, healthcare and insurance. 

I am now a freelance trainer, podcaster, and book author. I also travel around the world speaking at many conferences about software development, leadership, and personal soft skills, and I have a passion for helping professionals improve their skills.

I have been teaching online with the Pluralsight platform since 2014, and I am now teaching small skills-based courses here on SkillShare. I hope you enjoy the courses that I post here and I would be grateful if you could fol... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Steven Haunts, and welcome to this calls on overcoming Imposter syndrome. I'm a professional online classroom training who travels the world teaching people about software development and also workplace self help with a mission to help professionals improve an excel in their careers. Imposter syndrome is something that affect everyone throughout their careers. No matter where you at the beginning of your career or a seasoned professional, I have deliberately kept this course short yet packed of the information to help you identify what kind of imposter syndrome might be encountering on some practical advice to combat it. With that, let's dive straight him. Several years ago, friends and I got leadership jobs in the same international company. The work was interesting and well paid. Often, our immediate boss appointed my friend to lead us in departmental tasks. My friend didn't like that and complained about the responsibility should being given if no should receive praise for her work. Nevertheless, my friend continued to insist that she was unhappy with the work and even went so far as to say that she fought her leadership was a fraud and should be noticed. One day, she claimed that some of us were more qualified and therefore should be doing the work instead. One time she has, she asked our boss point blank to remove her from the leadership role station, that she didn't feel qualified to lead this particular team. Every move acknowledging her weaknesses made her a leader in many eyes, but she still didn't see it. She just wasn't aware of her competent leadership himself orientated management for a particular task. My friend did endorse research, has spent hours coming up strategies on consecutive mornings would find out in our office compiling presentations. That moment spurred me to do some research and learn more about her mindset. What was driving her to think this way? Maybe I could help her learn to feel more self confident in her abilities. What I found was fascinating. I stumbled upon a psychological problem. Then it's imposter syndrome. I studied various types, just what strategies on how to overcome it. Later, I shared all my results of my friend, had a significant breakthrough, learning to own her abilities and put it into good use with much less fear. This course details the information foundry, my research and what I live by today. I believe that the course here will go a long ways, hoping to better understand imposter syndrome for more. You'll understand how it piers and different personality types and how to cope of it. Let's move on to the next Marshall and talk about what is imposter syndrome. 2. What is Imposter Syndrome?: the term imposter syndrome was first coined by clinical psychology is Pauline Clowns and Suzanne items in 1978 The two specialists described the syndrome, also known as fraud syndrome. There's a psychological pattern which makes people doubt their accomplishments, causing an internalized fear have been exposed as frauds. So the individuals persistently rejects praise. One psychologist explained that Imposter syndrome makes capable people feel like they're lacking in intelligence and abilities, to the point where such individuals even disregard the evidence of their own accomplishments. True to his mindset, affected individuals not only fell to trust their instincts but also brushed aside any rewards for their hard work as they filled us. It is our merited. According to some estimates, over 70% of successful people experience in process syndrome, including a famous American poets, Mayor Angelou, German born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein and celebrated American actress Meryl Streep. Have a recent findings suggest imposter syndrome also makes people feel like intellectual frauds? These individuals may feel like their academic qualifications undeserved. Such people then reflects upon about how they achieved a certain academic level in the face of what they perceive to be their shortcomings. Further studies indicate a correlation between his lack of self belief in low self esteem, a lack of confidence, a tendency to self sabotage and anxiety. People suffering from imposter syndrome convinced themselves that their achievements are based on factors beyond their control. Such people need to be encouraged to embrace, so abilities and hard work have led them to successes in their lives. Let's now take a look at some of the different types of imposter syndrome. 3. Types of Imposter Syndrome?: imposter syndrome can take different forms, depending on an individual's background, personality and prevailing circumstances. Let's go through some common types of imposter syndrome. They appear on stands. What type of perceived impostor you might be. After you've identified the types, you may be able to help change your personal mindsets. The first is perfectionists. Perfectionists require themselves carry out all tasks to exact precision with gold, of avoiding possible negative feedback perfectionist setting, absurdly high performance standard and evaluate themselves based on a Rebic of success that few people are even able to comprehend, much less for Phil, notably perfectionism, an imposter syndrome go hand in hand. Perfection is do not believe that their outputs are sufficient to deliver acceptable quality. Moreover, perfectionist set goals are so lofty they may even be impossible to achieve. If a perfectionist ever fails to attain the set goals, self recrimination invariably sets it. Another tentative perfectionism is feeling like you're the only person you can achieve the desired results, the success of offices never satisfying because you believe that you could have done better . Many of us could admit having fallen victims of this particular type of imposter syndrome before finally, perfectionists tend to hide their mistakes and disassociate themselves of areas they blame circumstances or offers believing it to admit their mistakes were made him appear in perfect and therefore incompetent acquaintances, friends, co workers and relatives. Next, we have the natural genius people. This type of imposter syndrome think they should not struggle when doing anything to struggle. Suggest to them they are not competent. Or where've you off the task being set before them? The site Perfectionist natural geniuses set their internal bars impossibly high. However, natural geniuses do not judge themselves based on ridicule and other people's evaluation. They judge themselves based on with their successful on their first attempt at a task. Natural geniuses tend to reject the notion of Menzel's pink that I can handle things on their own based on their experiences. I do not believe that any guidance they would you know what they're doing. Natural geniuses do not like to face setbacks, and it's more mistakes that's their confidence plummeted because they believe that they need to get it right the first time. As a result of this, natural geniuses often avoid new challenges. If I don't start something, then they won't fail so it's safer not to even try and risk the shame of defeat in the face of uncertain arts. Next, we have the over worker. According to psychologist, this is the most harmful manifestation of imposter syndrome. When it comes to a person's health and mental well being and over, worker works harder and harder to measure up to colleagues, a believer, more qualified mayor. Ironically, this approach can have the opposite intended effect as it can affect a person's relationship with others. The very same people, the over workers trying to emulate over workers could come across as though they're trying to be off. His favorites were in great schools, might be teachers past because of the enormous amount of extra time and effort they put him over. Workers do not necessarily work for the benefits that come from the work itself, such as overtime pay or vacation. They feel like time off will make the Meidl Well. They do not know is that they're obsessed with getting the glory that comes from doing all the work, not from doing quality work. Next we have the rugged individualist. A rugged individualist is the person that fills asking for help expose him is an inexperienced phony. In many instances, this type of individual refuses assistance with the intent of proving their own capabilities. Such people are to work alone because then they receive all the accolades when the task is successfully completed. Most suffers of this type of imposter syndrome. Only care about getting the job done. The market individuals. Germany doesn't tend to care for their own well being, since the task may be very immensely Taxin or even dangerous to accomplish alone. Finally, we have experts. Experts believe qualifications and skills, including academic credentials, are frauds. It's almost comical that people who suffer from this type of imposter syndrome I feel like they've tricks their employers into hiring them. Things are no longer quite so funny, however, when a person develops an immense fear that he or she will be exposed as incompetent or an experienced. Often our expert's shy away from applying for jobs because I think that they don't meet the requirements. They continually seek training on additional certifications in order to approve their perceived lack of skills. All anymore skills can always hope you professionally. Nonetheless, if you never feel that your skills are sufficient you'll never stop believing that you're incapable of doing the job properly. At this point, all the classes you take no longer about the pursuit of knowledge about chasing so validation. This has obvious financial ramifications. Taking all of his classes aren't always cheap. It's going impinge on your own personal time. Now you have looked at some of the types of imposter syndrome. They still have some techniques for how you can. I have the comments. 4. How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome: if not dealt with, imposter syndrome may lead people to develop anxiety, stress and possibly depression. Imposter syndrome causes people to become obsessive. Their mistakes, failures and then you negative feedback received the following. In some ways, it impossible syndrome sufferers can cope with their condition. The 1st 1 needs to realize that no one is perfect. Imperfection is part of being human. You can never be 100% accurate, but must accept that adjusting to changing times and environments is part of life to stop feeling inadequate and unqualified for whatever task you set before you. Instead appreciate that you may have the basic foundations required to carry out day to day activities. You won't get it right every time. But don't quit before you've even started due to irrational fears. Next, we have changed our mentality, reframe your force and understand that the feelings of inadequacy and fear of being a fraud is a figment of your imagination. Instead, think of instances where successfully completed a task and give yourself well deserve praise. We're faced with a new challenge. Remind yourself that try and does no harm happily embrace the results regardless of the outcome of your endeavors. Next we have list your achievements. Stop discounting the many successes people tell you that you've accomplished. Instead, make a list of the things you've achieved, regardless of how small they may appear to. You start by taking a look at everything that you have achieved in the past. We're ready to take some time and reflect on all the hard work you've put into being your current situation. This way, you embrace the fact that your achievements are real and deserved. Next, we have the positive response to failure, as the saying goes, toe human. So don't put yourself down when you make mistakes, develops and personal science that you repeat to yourself is needed. Encourage yourself. I believe in that. You're definitely succeeded. That house next time. The one timer now new events and found with four motor company him before said that failure is the only opportunities to begin again more intelligently. Therefore, give yourself the opportunity to try again. You're only human, and finally, we have talked to someone after identifying that you're suffering from any of the types of imposter syndrome we discuss in the last module, talk to a close friend, relative or professional counselor about your low self esteem and lack of confidence. People who you know well may surprise you by explaining they envy your talents and accomplishments. Professional counsellors or psychologists may go further to help you unleash your potential that you took for granted in the past. It is wise for people suffering from the process in driving to remember that they are not alone. Remember, more than 70% of people may suffer from some variation imposter syndrome, so make sure you're going to seek some help I had. The short course has been helpful. Imposter syndrome is very common in the workplace, but it's very rarely talks about. If you are suffering with, it can be very hard to break away from it, and it could result in mental health problems and career problems in the future. By watching this short targeted those of knowledge, I appear in a position to recognize if you fall into anything imposter syndrome categories and be able to follow some of the advice to help you out. Frankie Fortune is cause if you like this course and please leave a rating, also review comments. I have other courses in the skill share library that you may find useful. My name is Steven Horns. A Thank you very much for watching overcoming Imposter Syndrome.